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  •  Yup (45+ / 0-)

    I have a long mental list of local businesses that had teabagger signs out.  Now, occasionally I can't avoid a business if they are the only provider of a service in the area....but a gas station?  All you have to do is drive across the street and take your business elsewhere.  I can think of several businesses I formerly supported but now actively avoid.  

    The funny thing is, I think a lot of our local businesses were in the Fox bubble of thinking that everyone out there hates Obama and that there could only be benefits from outwardly expressing RWNJ opinions.  I say this because the number of businesses displaying GOP signs was higher than I've noticed in past cycles.

    Then our county went blue in a big way.  Oops.  

    •  While I live in a very red state and a very red (13+ / 0-)

      county, our town is very blue so it was really stupid of him, IMO. And we are up the mountain from the rest of the county so no one from the valley would drive here to buy gas from him. He is still in business though but I have no idea how well he is doing.

      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 05:30:50 AM PST

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    •  I am notorious for boycotting businesses... (21+ / 0-)

      I do not stand there and argue with store and restaurant managers.  If I get horrible service or something offends me significantly, I simply never return.

      My friends call it the "Kraig's List" (My non-KOS universe name) and they soon adopted a "Kraig's List" of their own.  I have a large family, we eat out often and we have a lot of friends whom I love to complain about bad service to.

      Chick-fil-a was the first business ever added to the "Kraig's List" for political points of view.  I have recently added Pappa John's.  I would like to add Wal-mart but because of the size of our town and the absence of any real competition, I can only limit my use as opposed to a complete ban but I will not be there this Friday for sure.

      None of us can make a difference on our own but together, we can change the world.  Make your own "Kraig's List" (or "Monica's List" or "Joey's List" or whatever) and then compare lists with your friends.  It is a regular topic with some of my friends and it is actually fun; almost like a game of hidden treasures.

      "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

      by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:58:16 AM PST

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    •  I noticed that this year, too -- way more signs (16+ / 0-)

      outside businesses. They're probably safe in my red part of the county, but maybe not because our local races are getting closer all the time. And I won't patronize any business that had a Romney/Ryan sign or one of the really offensive "Keep America Free -- fire Obama" signs. Every time I saw one of the latter I wanted to ask the homeowner just what freedoms they had lost or felt were endangered.

      •  When I was in Deadwood, South Dakota (4+ / 0-)
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        right before the election there was a shop catering to tourists right on one of their main casino streets.  There was a Romney/Ryan sign over the door.  I wrote in a diary here that I couldn't believe that a shop owner was purposefully provoking and insulting approximately half his (assuming it's a he, considering the ratio of support) potential customers before they even get through the door.  Sure he's got a right to do whatever he wants with his store, but I hope he doesn't whine when people boycott his store because of his views.  

        There's probably enough turnover in visitors that if he's taken it down now people probably won't know the nature of the owner.

        •  It's just mind blowing to me... (0+ / 0-)

          like hanging a sign on the door of your business that says "my goal is to alienate half of you before you even step inside!"

          And to what purpose---it's not like anyone's going to change their mind because of a sign on the door.  No, it's that tribal thing that says "We're Romney people, and we're proud of it!" Which is fine in your front yard, but insanely stupid on the door of your business.

          "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

          by StellaRay on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:28:20 PM PST

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          •  Well, those same "business savvy" (0+ / 0-)

            republicans thought it would be smart to alienate half the country going into the election.  

            Maybe they believe the Fox News conventional wisdom that all democrats are on welfare and therefore could never be customers anyway.  

            •  For 30+ yrs, I've refused business from worst 50% (0+ / 0-)

              of potential corporate customers -- I've been happy to alienate the oil companies, coal companies, nuclear companies, chemical companies, and many others who are destroying our ecosystem.

              I've walked away from, or alienated in advance, those who would use my technology services to do damage to the planet.

              More generally, my business is not just mixed with politics -- the reason I do business is to fund and implement my activism.

              #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

              by ivote2004 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 12:59:21 AM PST

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              •  We should explore the difference (0+ / 0-)

                You refuse to do work for those you see doing harm. You turn them away.

                These guys want our money (?), but want to abuse us at the same time.

                •  Yes, we should explore that difference! (0+ / 0-)

                  And a big difference it is indeed.

                  While there are many wonderful points made in this diary and in the comments, the title is just, well, sucks: "What the freak ever happened to the common wisdom that you don't mix business with politics?!?!?!?!"

                  The conversation really ought to be about what kinds of business, what kinds of politics, and what kinds of mixing we want to oppose -- and what kinds we want to support, or even engage in.

                  (Feel free to msg me if this is an important area for you, as it indeed is for me.)

                  #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

                  by ivote2004 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:34:44 AM PST

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